Facebook at 20: Four ways the app changed the world
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Facebook has changed the world by revolutionizing the way people connect online. It rapidly surpassed its competitors like MySpace and became the most popular social network in the world. Its innovative features like the ability to tag people in photos and the constantly changing activity feed drew in early users. Despite a decline in popularity among young people, Facebook continues to grow and has expanded into less connected countries to maintain and increase its user base, reaching 2.11 billion daily users by the end of 2023.
Other social networks, such as MySpace, existed before Facebook - but Mark Zuckerberg's site instantly took off when it launched in 2004, proving just how rapidly an online site of this kind could take hold.
Facebook's parent company has faced fines and controversies, with concerns about its impact on privacy and addictive nature. However, it remains the most popular social network globally and has transformed the way people interact online. While some view Facebook as an empowering tool for connectivity, others see it as a destructive force.
Admittedly, Facebook is less popular than it used to be with young people. Nonetheless, it remains the most popular social network in the world, and has ushered in a new era of social activity online.
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